Ruzenia spermoides

Alternative names
Lasiosphaeria spermoides

This fungus takes the form of tight packed clusters of 'little black balls'. There are other similar species and detailed examination is needed.

Identification difficulty

Woodland and other well wooded areas.

When to see it

Fruiting November to April.

Life History

It is saprobic on rotting wood of various trees.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Infrequently recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland where there were only 6 records to March 2018.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map